Individualized Aerobic and High Intensity Training for Asthmatic Children (10)
In contrast, our study failed to demonstrate significant modifications in average baseline pulmonary function and clinical wellbeing was only partly affected.
Clinical Benefit and Pulmonary Function
Though clinical evolution was not a specific feature of this work, and it was impossible to characterize the specific effects of the different training programs (season lability) on the underlying asthmatic disease, a subjective comparison with the previous year suggests a decrease in the intensity of wheezing attacks. However, no effects were found either on their frequency or on the reported change in need for regular medication. These results confirm those of a more specific previous report which described an improvement of symptoms in subjective reporting. The decrease of intensity of wheezing attacks could be explained by the following: (1) the regular practice of respiratory exercises during warm-up which probably leads the children to better control their respiratory muscles, and/or, (2) a decrease in anxiety due to physical activity.
The nonsignificant improvement of pulmonary function supports the findings of previous studies.* However, all these studies were conducted over a short period (six weeks to six months). It would be particularly interesting to verify whether long-term investigation could show that physical activity offsets the rate of decline of lung function in asthmatics.